Summary Information
Title: Birmingham United Church of Christ Records
Collection Number: AIS.1977.30
Creator: Birmingham United Church of Christ (Pittsburgh, Pa.).

Collection Dates: 1843-1977
Extent: 10.0 microfilm reels

Language: English

Abstract:
The Birmingham United Church of Christ, originally chartered in June of 1846 as a United Evangelical Protestant Church, arose from the efforts of German-speaking residents living in the borough of Birmingham (now the South Side of Pittsburgh) who had worshipped at the Smithfield Street United Evangelical Protestant Church. The collection consists of ten reels of microfilm containing a constitution and journal, history, minute books, lists of members, memorial publications, baptismal, marriage, burial, and financial records from 1843-1977. Digital reproductions of the microfilm are available online. WARNING: the PDF files are very large so it may take a while to download or you may be prompted to save and open with Adobe Reader.
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

1977
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Archives Service Center Staff. Revisions occurred to the finding aid as a part of the encoding process on June 26, 2003.
Revision Description:
July 1, 2006:
Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002

History

The Birmingham United Church of Christ, originally chartered in June of 1846 as a United Evangelical Protestant Church, arose from the efforts of German-speaking residents living in the borough of Birmingham (now the South Side of Pittsburgh) who had worshipped at the Smithfield Street United Evangelical Protestant Church. Throughout its history, the word 'Birmingham' has been retained in identifying this church. In 1924, the Birmingham church joined other United Evangelical Protestant Churches in the General Council of Congregational Churches. In 1964, the churches affiliated with the United Church of Christ.


Collection Scope and Content Notes

The Birmingham United Church of Christ Records consists of ten reels of microfilm containing a constitution and journal, history, minute books, lists of members, memorial publications, baptismal, marriage, burial, and financial records from 1843-1977. Also contained in the collection is a burial register that spans from 1902-1975 and cemetary deeds from 1896-1975. The church constitution and journal are in German and span from 1846-1889. The "official" church history dates from 1846-1926; there is also mention of an "unofficial" church history. The collection also has a 50th Year Jubilee Booklet, in German, that is dated 1896. The finanical records span from 1889-1967.


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Baptismal records -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Church buildings -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Confirmation records -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

Corporate Names
  • Birmingham United Church of Christ (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • United Church of Christ. -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

Locations
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Church history

Genres/Forms
  • Burial records
  • Church records
  • Financial records
  • Marriage records
  • Minute books

Category
  • Churches and Synagogues

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

These records were microfilmed, with permission, by the Archives Service Center in 1977.

Alternate Format:

Digital reproductions of the collection are available online in the finding aid. WARNING: the PDF files are very large so it may take a while to download or you may be prompted to save and open with Adobe Reader.

Preferred Citation:

Birmingham United Church of Christ Records, 1843-1977, AIS.1977.30, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Previous Citation:

Previously cited as two separate collections: Birmingham United Church of Christ, Pittsburgh, Pa., Records, 1845-1976, AIS Micro 77:30a, Archives of Industrial Society, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh; and, Birmingham United Church of Christ, Pittsburgh, Pa., Records, 1843-1977, AIS Micro 77:30b, Archives of Industrial Society, University of Pittsburgh Libraries

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Archives Service Center Staff in 1977.

Processing Information:

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Jessica L. Marshall and Michael O'Malley on June 26, 2003. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Voyager ID number:1405398

Copyright:

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Location of Original Documents:

Original records retained by Birmingham United Church of Christ, 25 Carrick Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15210.


Collection Inventory

Series I. General Record Books


Microfilm-cabinet 2
Drawer 3
Reel 1 General Records, 1845-1865
Part 1. Baptisms, 1845-1856
Part 2. Confirmations, 1846-1861
Part 3. Marriage & Death Records, 1846-1849
Part 4. Baptisms, 1850-1862
Part 5. Baptisms, 1854-1858
Part 6. Marriage Records, 1854-1862
Part 7. Baptisms, 1858-1862
Reel 1 General Records, 1862-1898
Part 1. Index,
Part 2. Baptisms, 1862-1869
Part 3. Marriage Records, 1862-1869
Part 4. Death/Burial Records, 1862-1869
Part 5. Confirmation/Membership Statistics, 1870-1898
Part 6. Confirmations, 1863-1871
Reel 4 General Records, 1869-1909
Part 1. Death Records, 1869-1909
Part 2. Confirmations, 1886-1887
Part 3. Confirmations, 1872-1875
Reel 4 General Records, 1910-1973
Part 1. Index,
Part 2. Marriages, 1910-1973
Part 3. Burials/Funerals, 1950-1973

Series II. Baptismal Record Books

Reel 2 Baptismal Records, 1869-1882
Part 1. Baptisms, 1869-1882
Part 2. Register,
Reel 2 Baptismal Records, 1883-1894
Reel 3 Baptismal Records, 1895-1916
Reel 3 Baptismal Records, 1917-1973
Part 1. Index,
Part 2. Baptisms, 1917-1973

Series III. Burial/Death Record Books

Reel 4 Burial/Death Records, 1869-1895
Reel 5 Burial/Death Records, 1896-1950

Series IV. Confirmation Record Books

Reel 5 Confirmation Records, 1876-1972

Series V. Zimmerman Cemetery/Birmingham Church Cemetery Records

Reel 6 Burial Register, 1902-1924
Reel 6 Burial Register, 1924-1945
Reel 6 Burial Register, 1946-1968
Reel 6 Burial Register, 1969-1975
Reel 6 Lot Owners/Deed Book, 1874-1901
Part 1. Index,
Part 2. Deed Register with Payment Ledger,
Reel 6 Lot Owners/Deed Book, 1874-1901
Reel 7 Lot Owners/Deed Book, 1874-c1920
Part 1. Index,
Part 2. Lot Owners, 1874-c1920
Reel 7 Lot Owners/Deed Book, Section #2, 1958-1969
Part 1. Index,
Part 2. Lot Owners, 1958-1969
Reel 7 Lot Owners/Deed Book, Section #3, 1955-1974
Part 1. Index,
Part 2. Lot Owners, 1955-1974
Reel 7 Lot Owners/Deed Book, Section #4, 1949-1970
Part 1. Index,
Part 2. Lot Owners, 1949-1970
Reel 7 Lot Owners/Deed Book, Section #5, 1929-1950
Part 1. Index,
Part 2. Lot Owners, 1929-1950
Reel 6 Interment Book, c1880-1900

Series VI. Minute Books (including Church Constitution)

Reel 8 Constitution and Minutes, 1846-1869
Reel 8 Minutes, 1869-1889
Reel 8-9 Minutes, 1889-1915
Part 1,
Part 2,
Reel 9 Minutes, 1915-1925

Series VII. Congregational Histories

Reel 8 50th Jubilee Booklet, 1896
80th Anniversary Booklet, 1926
Paper, c1977
Early Membership Lists, 1846-1869

Series VIII. Financial Record Books

Reel 9 Financial Records, 1912-1923
Reel 9 Financial Records, 1936-1941
Reel 9 Financial Records, 1939-1945
Reel 9 Financial Records, 1941-1947
Reel 9 Financial Records, 1945-1953
Reel 9 Financial Records, 1948-1958
Reel 9 Disbursements, 1954-1958
Reel 9 Disbursements, 1958-1962
Reel 9 Receipts, 1954-1959
Reel 9-10 Financial Records, 1967
Part 1,
Part 2,
Part 3,